A man has pleaded guilty to stealing $210,000 worth of quarters while he worked as a parking meter mechanic for the City of Buffalo.
57-year-old James Bagarozzo of Buffalo started stealing the money back in 2003 and kept taking it until December of last year when surveillance cameras caught him doing it.
The US attorney’s office says Bagarozzo intentionally damaged more than 75 parking meters to make it easier to steal the quarters inserted into the meters. He then put the quarters in bags in his car or his pants pockets. Bank employees say he regularly made deposits of $500 worth of quarters.
He faces up to 10 years in prison when he’s sentenced on December 17.
His co-worker, Lawrence Charles, pleaded guilty earlier this week to stealing at least $15,000 from the meters between 2007 and last year.